The telltale buzzing of tattoo guns pervades the air at Alley Kat Tattoo’s studio, where skilled artists have emblazoned skin with Celtic symbols, graffiti, military insignias, and mythological art for nearly two decades. The artists eschew pretension in favor of a casual, hygienic environment that makes even first-timers feel like habitual inkers as they excitedly convey their ideas during consultations. When they aren’t putting their spin on classic designs such as dragons and portraits of Grover Cleveland, the artists accent eye areas and lips with subtle cosmetic tattoos that act as permanent makeup.
Few things in life are permanent. Except at Shaderz Ink, where the team includes tattoo artists, body piercers, and a permanent-cosmetic professional, all waiting to help customers to embrace long-lasting self-expression. Tattoo artists Angel Silva, Antonio Duran, and Josh Hartsfield etch skin in custom designs, with past work encompassing everything from vibrant, flame-flicked scissors to life-like portraits of beloved family members. Free-hand piercer Adam Harris draws upon a decade of experience to add hardware to any body part. For those looking for more subtle enhancements, permanent-cosmetic artist Sheley Davis literally wrote the book on the subject. The Handbook for the Permanent Cosmetic Professional is based upon her more than 15 years of experience in the business, which includes paramedical tattoo work performed for area surgeons. Her customers at Shaderz seek out Sheley for everything from smudge-proof eyeliner to kiss-proof lip liner, and her services may also be employed to help camouflage imperfections such as scars or Elvis-shaped tan lines.
Having dissolved thousands of doses of tattoo ink, Dr. Phil Knall has worked his way up to educating fellow clinicians on the technique. He's presented at more than 800 industry seminars in six countries.
Dr. Knall employs the Zimmer Cyro 6 laser, which vanishes tattoos over the course of a few treatments. Comfort is key; unlike many traditional cooling methods, such as ice-cream wrestling, the Zimmer's cooling system continuously chills the skin before, during, and after the procedure. See the clinic's gallery for evidence of the doctor's disappearing acts.
Sensational Skin Scottsdale lives up to the promise of its name with a vast range of nonsurgical skin treatments performed under the supervision of Dr. S. Kent Brown and his skilled and certified laser technicians. The procedures, all of which are blade free, target skin all across the body, with VelaShape circumferential cellulite reduction for the legs and buttocks, laser skin resurfacing that balances complexions and tightens skin, CoolSculpting fat reduction, and Ultherapy face-, neck-, and brow-lifts. The spa also carries revitalizing skin products from brands such as ZO Medical, Obagi, and Jane Iredale, keeping clients looking young without taping their high-school class pictures to their foreheads.
With more than 1,000 liposuctions and facelifts under his belt, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jose L. Robledo knows one thing for sure: nobody wants that ?worked over? look. That?s why at Arizona Laser & Skin he and his team aim to make wrinkles and unwanted fat disappear with natural products and advanced techniques that rely on the skin?s innate healing ability. Minimally invasive procedures such as the Endotine Ribbon face and neck lift and AquaShape body-contouring system are performed alongside noninvasive beauty techniques such as FDA approved Viora cellulite-reduction and skin-tightening treatments. Micro-current facials get skin smoother than a dolphin?s raincoat by stimulating and thus helping to strengthen the facial muscles. In addition to emphasizing natural-looking results, the team prides itself on looking after the safety of its patients. A consultation precedes each treatment, during which clients find out if procedures are right for them, ask questions, and address any special needs.
Stroll into Kashmir’s sleek confines and obtain a bevy of beautification services from a talented staff of artists, each of whom specializes in his or her field and deftly transforms weathered finger shingles into resplendent, eye-catching nails. Just like at the tax preparation office, a rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere greets patrons looking to spiff up their finger helmets with a 60-minute signature spa pedicure, which comes with a dirty martini, ginger lime gimlet, lemon drop, or piña colada cocktail. Themed lotions, scrubs, and products are coordinated to match each cocktail, and callus removal, a salt or sugar scrub, and nail art add pizzazz to sidewalk propellers. Enjoy the relaxing ambience and soak into plush furnishings while receiving an extended massage that melts away stress into a disposable pool of Silly Putty.